Farmers in Kakamega Counties can now smile after rain started pouring in some parts of Kakamega and Bungoma counties, signifying the start of the planting season.
The worry has been the delay of rains as the country grapples with the high cost of living as a result of the prolonged drought season that has seen many Kenyans go without food.
The weatherman had predicted that some parts of the region would be receiving rain that would pound from Sunday through the entire week.
Other areas, such as Malava and Mumias in Kakamega County, and Webuye and Kimilili in Bungoma County, have yet to receive rain, while others have received moderate rainfall.
Many farmers are prepared for the planting having stocked their inputs ahead of time, like Mama Jenipher Nafula from Kanduyi in Bungoma County.
“I have already taken two bags of the Sh3,500 subsidized fertilizer and bought maize seeds for planting. I am well equipped and ready for the planting season,” she said.
Another one, Tom Abasi, said he has ploughed his land for the second time in preparation of the planting.
“I just want to get the assurance of the rain and then I put the seed in the soil,” he said.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.